08:49AM, Monday 29 September 2014
Thousands of runners headed to Windsor yesterday for the annual half marathon.
Under the blazing glare of the sun, Deputy Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr James Evans, officially started the race at 1pm at Windsor Great Park.
Cllr Evans admitted he is not a keen runner himself but believes the annual event, now in its 32nd year, encourages people to take an interest in fitness.
He said: “I think it is a fantastic day for sport and fitness in the borough.
“I am very excited to see some 5,000 runners taking part, many of which are local people who I know.
“Of course it is also a great opportunity to raise a lot of money for good causes.”
Crowds lined the final stretch of the 13.1-mile route to cheer on the runners, who were all reminded to drink plenty of fluids during the race.
The male winner was Paul Martelletti, who completed the route in one hour and nine minutes while the female winner, Samantha Amend, finished in one hour and 22 minutes.
They both collected their £500 cash prize at 3pm.
It is believed that almost £2m has been raised so far but more money is expected to come in.
Click here to see the full list of results.
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